Innovations

Tessara Berrisys: Big difference in arrival quality of blueberries

Tessara’s launch of their Berrisys product for blueberries came at exactly the right time, when many blueberry exporters from South Africa were looking at a sea freight alternative to air freight. “It was fortunate that we had this product ready when Covid-19 impacted the world fruit industry,” says Jaco…

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IMPROVATE Israel-UAE agriculture and water conference:

"Desert agriculture can be the answer to food security"

As climate change continues to impact agriculture worldwide, a conference aimed at advancing technological cooperation in agriculture and water was held in Tel Aviv this week with senior government representatives from Israel and Africa along with investors from the United Arab Emirates and Israeli…

Kaohsiung District Agricultural Improvement Station

New lighting tech increases passion fruit crops in Taiwan

The Cabinet-Level Council of Agriculture (COA) stated that because of the lighting technology developed by the Taiwanese government's agricultural technology research institute in southern Taiwan, Taiwanese will no longer need to wait until summer to buy passion fruit on the local market. In Taiwan,…

University of Georgia

UGA researchers investigate blue light to increase blueberry quality and fight disease

The COVID-19 crisis has put supply chain issues at the forefront of food production and packaging concerns. Researchers at the University of Georgia investigated a potential solution for extending the shelf life of blueberries by exposing blueberries to blue light during storage. Led by horticulture…

Plant health measurements device

Remarkable new employee for Mucci Farms

In addition to the launch of a new OKO Immersive solution at Mucci Farms, the companies have signed an agreement to pursue 2021/2022 product development research in Mucci Farms’ Ontario greenhouse facilities. "Mucci Farms’ expansive facilities and diverse crop selection provides the ideal environment for…

Digitalization takes flight

Increased interest in quality inspection software

Digitalization of processes continues to gain popularity as it increases efficiencies and saves time as well as money. Anton Alibekov, owner of Zofto Solutions explains how he got into the digitalization business and what software solutions his company offers. “I’ve always had a love for computers,” he…

University of Southampton

Ultrasonic cleaning of salad could reduce instances of food poisoning

A new study has shown that gentle streams of water carrying sound and microscopic air bubbles can clean bacteria from salad leaves more effectively than current washing…

University of Hawai'i

High-tech detection determines pineapple harvest needs

In a new study funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Small Business Innovation Research program, researchers in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, IntelinAir, Inc. and Columbia University are investigating whether remote sensing and computer…

Shibaura Institute of Technology

Shibaura Institute of Technology - Japan

An innovative contactless method for the timely harvest of soft fruits

Scientists develop convenient technique to measure ripeness using laser-induced plasma shockwaves and the ensuing vibrations on the fruit’s surface In agriculture, there are many mechanical methods to indirectly measure a fruit’s ripeness through its firmness. However, most fall short for soft fruits,…

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Tech is changing China’s grocery shopping for good

One year ago, grocery e-commerce wasn’t a particularly hot service in China. For consumers, stops at neighborhood markets were preferable—do these tomatoes have just the right firmness? Is this watermelon ripe enough? Surely, there’s a fresh cut of pork loin at the butcher’s stall. It is important for…

These tomato products' talk' to you via a QR code

For people buying tomatoes, numbers like 986 hectares of tomato cultivation mean very little. Yes, it's many football fields, but what else? Nothing. Percentages are also tricky. Twenty percent lower CO2 emissions. Fine, but what does that mean? Quite a lot, according to the folks at the Azura Group. The…

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Saptkrishi agritech start-up

Bhagalpur: Preservator helps farmers reduce wastage

Agritech start-up Saptkrishi - headquartered in Bhagalpur - has developed the Sabjikothi or Preservator, a wheel-mountable, microclimate-based storage solution that is cost-effective and portable. It extends the shelf life of fruits and vegetables from three days to 30 days. Although India is the…

Fresh produce protection, shelf-life extension and waste reduction

Produce freshness solutions company launches plant-based edible coating

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc., a creator of produce freshness solutions, announced the launch of plant-based, edible coatings for produce freshness under the VitaFresh™ Botanicals brand. This launch represents another step in AgroFresh’s decades-long commitment to providing the solutions to extend produce…

PMA Virtual Town Hall

“The pandemic accelerated investments into AgTech”

This week’s PMA virtual town hall focused on AgTech investing. Vonnie Estes, PMA’s Vice-President of Technology led Ingrid Fung, Investment Director with Finistere Ventures, Jaqueline Heard, Founder and CEO of Enko Chem Inc., and Han Chen, Co-founder and CEO of ZeaKal Inc. in a discussion about what…

Tarno Schilder, Paul Leegwater, the Netherlands

"Sales display makes more people aware of red and savoy pointed cabbage"

First, it was the Violetti, a red, pointed cabbage. Now, there's a new concept on its way to European vegetable shelves - the savoy pointed cabbage. The Dutch company, Paul Leegwater, has the first of these cabbages available. TB&S is growing them on a trial basis in Portugal. This is a Portuguese…

"Old-world goodness with a twist of modern world traits"

New Vitalis Organic Seeds tomato lineup:  Mixologist Collection

Vitalis Organic Seeds announces their newly developed breed of tomatoes in its Mixologist Collection, now available to growers in the United States. "Mixologist offers the perfect mix of old-world goodness with a twist of modern world traits. Explore the myriad of reasons to enjoy the craft and quality…

In any growing location in the world

“WeatherAsset works for any crop, providing access to 20 year historical climatologies, daily updates"

For fresh produce businesses, increasing weather variability is a growing area of uncertainty - presenting risks to crop productivity and quality, impacting established planting and harvesting schedules but also providing new opportunities for those able to harness accurate data to drive decision-making.…

Scientists unlock potential to yield “diet” fruit

A new study has demystified sugar distribution in plants, paving the way to create low sugar or ‘diet’ fruits. The study, published in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), culminatesseven years of research by the University of Newcastle’s Professor Yong-Ling Ruan from the School of…

"Robot pickers could also work during night time"

Attention to ‘discerning robotic vision’ is key when designing a picking or harvesting robot. Improvements in machine-vision algorithms and the use of multi-spectral cameras…

Space Lab Technologies LLC

Overarching the challenge to crop production in space

While the vertical farming industry says that the sky is the limit, Space Lab Technologies LLC is pushing that notion even further. Space Lab Technologies LLC is a Colorado-based company whose mission is to advance human space exploration through technology development. One of Space Lab’s focus areas is…

Canadian supermarket sells fruit and vegetables grown on its own roof

The Canadian firm IGA extra Famille Duchemin has taken another step towards sustainability and innovation with the launch of a pioneering project in the country. The company…

Anton Alibekov with Zofto Solutions

“We are able to digitalize any process that currently requires paper”

Although digitalization made great strides in the past year, there are still many benefits to be gained. For the fresh produce sector specifically, Zofto Solutions has been established. “With our software tools, we can digitalize any ‘paper’ procedure in a very uncomplicated way,” says Anton Alibekov…

WET-2 Sensor

Major Turkish berry grower benefits from multi-parameter soil measurements

The Turkish company SBR Agricultural Products (SBR) was founded in 1990 and operates in the Mersin Silifke region of Turkey. It specialises in the cultivation of fruit, especially berries – using cutting edge techniques. Its growing facilities are substantial – with 400,000 square metres of hydroponic…

Mushroom bricks might replace concrete?

Mushroom bricks are much more than just an alternative building material which has a “greener” carbon footprint. Mushroom bricks are similar to bricks made using hemp and…

Using AI and Machine Learning will increase in horti industry

The expectation is that in 2021, artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies will continue to become more mainstream. Businesses that haven’t traditionally…

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Three new strawberry selections for mild climate zones and how to get them

Three new strawberry selections named LAM 09.68.4, LAM 11.23.22 and LAM 11.85.17 represent the first and most advanced results obtained within a Genetic Improvement Program carried out in the South of Italy as early as 2010, from the collaboration between ARSAC (Azienda Regionale per lo Sviluppo…

PolyNatural developed a 100% natural coating that can be used for organic fruit

"We extend the shelf life of fresh fruit by 20 to 40%"

Reducing food waste is one of the most important challenges of the food chain, which struggles to become increasingly more resilient and sustainable. Every year 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted in the world. This represents a huge economic loss and a considerable environmental impact due to the waste…

Akorn Technology

'Extending shelf life of fresh produce and reduce post-harvest losses'

Akorn awarded prestigious National Science Foundation grant

Akorn is proud to announce they have received a prestigious Phase I grant from the National Science Foundation (“NSF”) under its Small Business Innovation Research program. The NSF SBIR program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or…

Tomra Food Compac

Analysing fruit data in the supply chain has never been more important for business efficiency

Fruit and production data can be used in ways that it has never been done before to improve a company's efficiency and boost profits, according to global packhouse equipment and automation supplier Tomra Food.  The company is renowned for supplying turn-key packhouses across a range of horticulture commodities.…

Source Certain International - TSW Trace™

"When we build unique fingerprints, we see information that most people don't see"

A global scientific provenance verification and supply chain integrity company is hoping to grow and offer more of its services in the fruit and vegetable industry. Source Certain International (SCI), based in Perth, brings scientific technology to verify product provenance, authenticity and associated…

EE Muir and Sons

Australian-made lasers reduce bird damage

Troublesome birds can be a problem for some specialist horticultural crop growers, but evidence suggest that using lasers can severely curtail their damage. Gazzola Farms installed the laser bird deterrent in 2018. It showed a decreased bird presence of up to 90%. The business, located near Melbourne,…

Crop-spraying drones coming into vogue in South Africa

Using drones to spray crops is a new method of dusting in South Africa, with the first license being awarded by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in 2019. And while start-up…

"AgPick has helped them plan their days, reduced stress and saved them money"

The digital management tool streamlining the harvest process for some Australian growers

An Australian harvest management software system has received "phenomenal feedback" since it started running two years ago, according to its creators. South Australian-based Agricultural Picking Technology (APT) launched AgPick to capture and record harvest activities out in the field, but chief…

Microcosms and hi-tech plants - a new frontier for agriculture?

There is increasing talk of indoor crops, i.e. productions that are immediately available to consumers because they are grown inside supermarkets and can be harvested and placed in carts. Basil under white-spectrum diffused light (OLED) Is this the ultimate purpose of the ISAAC project (innovative…

"Our goal was to pick the most efficient equipment and deliver a process that took the fruit from the orchard to a finished product"

Montague moving closer to fully opening its new production facility near Melbourne

Major Australian fruit producers Montague has opened its some of its new production facilities and new retail space, which includes state-of-the-art equipment from its partners Tomra Compac. As part of a tour for APAL's recent online Post-Harvest Seminar, Chief Innovation Officer Rowan Little says the…

UniPAKer robotic packer at the ‘core’ of apple producer’s automation

Kent apple producer Adrian Scripps is leading the sector in terms of automation – and Brillopak’s award-winning UniPAKer robotic crate packing cell is the cornerstone of its intrepid approach.  Adrian Scripps’ commitment to automation has been key to building and maintaining its market-leading position as…

Oppy conducts research trials for strawberry technologies

Oppy is conducting two independent trials exploring the viability of new technologies that aim to further advance strawberry production practices by offering solutions to…

SupPlant sensors uses algorithmic data

South Africa: Using AI to grow avocados

As with any other fruit, South African Avocados must be irrigated in the right amount: not too much and not too little. For decades irrigation was done based on the grower’s…

Researchers discover the double water absorption mechanism of a desert plant's leaves

Researchers from the La Mayora Institute of Subtropical and Mediterranean Horticulture, in Algarrobo (Málaga), the University of Harvard (USA), and the Center for Research in…

George Lobisser, CEO of RipeLocker, discusses upcoming launch

Post-harvest life extending technology to be released for commercial use this summer

After years of extensive trialing, RipeLocker containers, which work to extend the post-harvest life of perishables, will be released for commercial use this summer. George Lobisser, co-founder and CEO of RipeLocker explains how the technology works, and why it will make a splash on the global market…

Nicolas Stevens, directeur Better3Fruit, Belgium

“Giga® responds to the demand for a resistant, future-proof apple”

On Wednesday, 27 January, the Italian trading company, Vog, introduced three new apple varieties - Cosmic Crisp, RedPop, and Giga® . Giga® was developed by the Belgian breeding company, Better3Fruit, which owns it too. MD Nicolas Stevens explains how  Giga® came into being. “Giga's® story began in 2002 when the…

Kubota invests in Tevel, flying autonomous fruit-picking robots

Following a year dominated by the turmoil and uncertainty concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, Kubota has turned its eye to the future and invested in a ‘Series B’ venture funding investment round totalling $20 million for Tevel, who make flying autonomous fruit-picking robots for the harvesting segment.…

‘Solar orchards’ might alleviate South Africa’s electricity problems

Building solar plants could end the problem of electricity shortages in South Africa’s fruit bowl, the Ceres Valley.  Innovative local grower Ian Versfeld is the brains behind a…

Vicent Mañez, head of the innovation area: "This project puts us at the forefront of the sector"

Agromediterranea will launch live lettuce without phytosanitary treatments

Agromediterranea, a company of the Foodiverse group that specializes in the production and distribution of vegetables, has launched an innovation project to offer its customers live lettuces, that keep their roots so that consumers have access to a fresher and cleaner product. In addition, these crops…

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Oranmore, Ireland, where coffee and broccoli are coming in by drone

Ever since the small Irish town of Oranmore became a test bed for its drone delivery service, there’s been plenty of surprises for Manna Aero. Last October Manna Aero began an extensive trial in the small town, located on the outskirts of Galway on the west coast of Ireland. All of the shops in town were…

AgroFresh Solutions

"Our platform continues to grow, gather new data and become even more useful to the industry"

A leading global science-based solutions and innovation company is hoping to expand the presence of its "ground-breaking" digital technology services in the fresh produce industry, which has found to have productivity benefits and reduce food waste. Kim Bui, Global Head of FreshCloud™ at AgroFresh…

Fooditive and Frutco develop sustainable banana sweetener

"Sweetener with health potential to transform food industry"

Fooditive B.V. and Frutco AG have announced their partnership to launch the Fooditive® banana sweetener line worldwide. Fooditive B.V. reaffirms its commitment to fighting food waste and increasing sustainability, and its promise to provide consumers with the highest quality products. Frutco® is one of…

Cherry Tomato Gazpacho and Vegetable Cream

Cooperativa La Palma launches its V Premium Range line: Cherrymole®

Cooperativa La Palma always works with the aim of producing the best quality products. La Palma is a reference in cherry tomatoes, mini-vegetables, and specialty tomatoes in Europe. The richness of the land and the privileged Mediterranean and subtropical climate characteristic of the province of Granada…

Researchers at work at Tatura SmartFarm, Victoria

Australians trial protecting pears with solar panels

Researchers at Tatura SmartFarm in Victoria are experimenting with the use of solar panels to protect fruit trees from extreme heat events. Solar panels are being installed…

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa

Bacteria-eating virus pre-empts fruit juice spoilage

PepsiCo has been researching an alternative way to prevent fruit juice spoilage due to a bacterium called Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris (ACB). In the US, ACB causes an…

China: Drone services expanded in 2020

According to official data, drone services expanded last year in China, as the emerging technology has been promoted in various sectors. There were about 523,600 registered…

Eight-week organic blueberry storage trial shows positive results

RipeLocker has completed a trial in which its containers held freshly harvested organic blueberries in pristine condition for eight weeks. In the trial, the company used six pallet-size RipeLocker containers to store fresh organic blueberries from blueberry grower Blueberry Hill. Blueberry Hill also owns…

Kuzi

Kuzi: AI-powered tool to combat locust swarms in Africa

A Kenyan-developed app makes use of satellite data, soil sensors, local weather patterns and machine learning to deliver predictions on where locusts migrate and breed. Recent reports have warned of swarms continuing their southward migration across the Horn of Africa. Last week, the UN’s Food and…

How technology helps to propel growth

The umbrella of CMI Orchards’ owners and partners are using cutting-edge technology from the orchard to packing facilities. “A big focus at CMI Orchards is to strategically…

APAL Post-harvest Seminar goes online to explore smart packhouse

APAL’s Post-harvest Seminar on Wednesday 20 January 2021 will be delivered entirely online as COVID-19 and border restrictions continue to create uncertainty for apple and pear growers across the nation. APAL Industry Services Manager Justin Smith said APAL and industry had been hopeful of returning to…

Innovation Norway ups €7 million fruit and vegetable grants to €12 million in 2021

Innovation Norway (Innovasjon Norge) is a state-owned company. It grants annual subsidies to Norwegian provinces. This year, it's made some €60 million (NOK 622 million)…

Working on ‘Carrot cement’

Root vegetables and ash could make concrete more sustainable

Concrete, being the universal building material of choice for countless structures, also has a huge environmental footprint mostly due to carbon dioxide emissions from the…

Using durian fruit to charge an electric car -What will the future bring?

Researchers are looking into the possibilities nature also holds for us. This inspires scientific discovery in a host of unexpected ways. Lex Amore from the Biomimicry…

Meijer Potato

Meijer Potato, the Netherlands:

“This robust generation is well-suited to organic farming”

The potato sector finds itself in a world that demands durable varieties. These include water-efficient types of potatoes. You must be able to process them directly from the field into long storage. But also a variety that sustainably provides the highest possible marketable yield. Meijer Potato has…

Yellow Pallet: Banana fibre pallets substantially reduce CO2 emissions

Approximately 21 million pallets are needed each year for the export of fruit from the tropics. These pallets need large amounts of wood and too much energy is consumed in their distribution. Start-up Yellow Pallet makes pallets from banana fiber; a more sustainable option that counters deforestation.…

Lifepack: Pineapples turned into plantable plates

When it comes to finding solutions to a big problem, there doesn’t seem to be anything that’s better than using something that people really want to get rid of as the raw materials for your next big idea. Take pineapple crowns, for example. All over the world, pineapple processing centers are left with…

Smart farming supply chains could decrease food wastage by 50%

In a recent study by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAOUN), it was discovered that approximately 1.6 billion tons of food per year are either…

Running a pilot in Ukraine's national supermarket chain

Vertical Field has signed an agreement with Moderntrendo S.R.O, one of the largest agricultural distributors in Ukraine, for the promotion of nationwide deployments of vertical farms. Vertical Field will conduct an initial pilot at Varus, one of the biggest national supermarket chains in the country, in…

A video shows the creation of artificial rain by Contec Srl

New irrigation system with concrete poles

For the company Contec, 2021 will be a year marked by innovation. Indeed, an innovative system for creating artificial rain is being developed and new subsidiaries will be opened. Contec started out as a manufacturer of prestressed concrete transmission poles, but in the meantime it has grown into a…

Precision Agriculture: Drones detecting infected citrus trees create new opportunities

Israeli company Agrowing Ltd. has already established itself when it comes to enabling powerful horticultural tools. The provider of AI-enabling multispectral sensors…

“The Swing Bio: a structuring project for the apple sector”

The Swing Bio campaign began in mid-November. While Mylord sold 400 tons of Swing Bio last year, the company plans to reach 1,300 tons this season, and 5,000 tons in 2024. Today, the variety is cultivated by 35 producers, spread over 4 production basins: Loire Valley, Tarn-et-Garonne, Alps and Languedoc.…

Ethylene generators exempted from fire codes in ripening rooms

Catalytic Generators’ ethylene systems comply with the international testing standards of TÜV (TÜV SÜD America) which exempts ripeners from making special room adaptions for…

Drones assist growers in remote areas of China

During the harvest season for navel oranges, drones carrying boxes of the fruit have become a common sight in a district of Ganzhou, Jiangxi province. These unmanned aerial…


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